Backyard Chicken Neighborhood PR

by Daisy

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Information is good.

It clears up misunderstandings, calms fears, and promotes harmony.

I put together a pdf, a one-page handout for urban and suburban chickeners to give to their neighbors along with that goodwill basket of eggs/goodies:

Printable Neighbor Handout

It gives an overview of the reasons we love our birds and answers some of the typical questions neighbors can have about living in proximity to chickens.

We don’t necessarily think we need to canvas the neighborhood handing these out willy-nilly, possibly stirring a pot which was bubbling along just fine. But when someone has expressed curiosity this is something to give them.

Print it out and tuck it into a hospitality offering of fresh laid eggs, perhaps some garden bounty, or a home-baked treat.

It might not work miracles, but it could make a convert or two.

If you use this handout, we’d love to hear how it went!

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

CarrieK February 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Such great timing!! I am part of a small group of home owners trying to change the occ&rs in our HOA to include chickens. We are writing up a set of rules for ourselves and hope to put the issue on the ballot in May. Wish us luck! Your blog has been a very valuable tool in our research. Many, many thanks!

Rebecca February 5, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Good idea! I wish some of my neighbors had chickens and offered me eggs and a tour! What font did you use for the handout, by the way?

Myrnie February 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm

You guys are so great at coming up with all these printables! One of my piano students has chickens, and is willing to trade eggs for lessons when the girls start laying again…so my husband is off the hook for a few years to build me a chicken coop in the backyard 🙂 (I’ve been sending LOADS of people to your Spring Garden Planner, btw. Love the printables you share, thank you so much!!!)

Tomato Lady February 6, 2010 at 1:21 am

Rebecca–Thank you! I couldn’t resist–I used “cochin” font.

JavaLady February 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

Eggcelent pdf page to give out !

Alice February 6, 2010 at 11:12 am

A very good idea. Back when I had all kinds of chickens we didn’t need to seek approval from neighbors. Everyone had them. We should all be getting back to basics of living and become self sufficient as we once were as country folk. I applaud you all for your efforts and successes in your good works. Best Wishes.

Susan Chiang February 6, 2010 at 4:34 pm

My flock of hens will start as early as 6am some mornings, so I guess “late morning” is relative…. Otherwise, great handout. I agree with everything there!

Handful February 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I am soooo lucky to live in my own space……………

If my far away “neighbors” did hear something non-chicken-y….well then………..

’nuff said 🙂


how are the goats?

nancy February 8, 2010 at 7:30 am

Under the bird flu section “Bird flu HAD never been found…” leads me to believe that it now has. Should it say “Bird flu HAS never been found…”?

Just wonderin’. I love the handout!

Tomato Lady February 8, 2010 at 9:55 am

nancy–Thanks for pointing that out. I must have read right over that a hundred times. Think I’ve got it fixed now!

Dove February 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Love this, although I wish you had a hand out for people who do have roosters with info on why they are good to have. (To protect the hens and keep guard.) I’m going to take this to church with me to share! Thanks!

Shawna April 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Would love to have a handout for my Nigerian Dwarf goats. I cant do it myself because Im to mad at my neighbors for being mean and calling code inforcement. I did my reserch prior to getting them ofcourse and knew I could but now have to move my fencing (all 50 feet) over abought 10 feet farther. What good is that realy going to do for the nosie neighbors? None! But I want them to see the good side of my goats and Chickens:-(

Tomato Lady April 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Shawna–Funny you should mention it–we have such a handout but haven’t put it on the site yet. Will try to email you a copy as soon as I can find it. So sorry you’re having neighbor problems. Moving the fence sounds like quite a project. Hope things work out for the better!

Shawna April 28, 2011 at 7:14 am

Thanks, and that would be so helpfull! The only thing Im worried about is if a couple of them were to get together and sign some kind of petition, even though I am zoned for it. Funny thing is, my closest neighbors just love all of my animals (including goat’s and chick’s) and want to see and feed them, eat my egg’s, and so on. Only neighbor who there is ant issue with is one beside me and thats just because he stole a vehicle and I turned him in(pretty sure all this is payback from him). Anny suggestions and what recourse any of them could have if they wanted them gone bad enough??? I want to be prepaired fo battle! Bwahaha!

Tomato Lady April 28, 2011 at 8:42 am

Shawna–Sent you an email–let me know if it didn’t get to you. If they are legal where you are, it seems the law is on your side. You can contact us at

Theresa July 13, 2011 at 7:57 am

I receive your newsletter and I want to tell you that we just found out that we can have a few chickens in our backyard! Next year we plan to fence in our backyard and make an A frame house for them or something like that! We are excited!!!

Tomato Lady July 13, 2011 at 8:10 am

Theresa–I’m so glad for you! I hope all communities will soon learn that there’s nothing to fear from a few chickens.

MamaShea July 30, 2011 at 1:18 am

I am currently stuck in a one room studio on the 3rd floor in the middle of a big city right now but I ab currently hoarding all the information I can find on backyard farming and homesteading. I am hoping that within the nest year my family and I can find a piece of dirt to call our own where I can breathe again. I stumbled across your site at 2:15am and subscribed right away. I think I have already fallen in love! Thanks for all the great information that I can hopefully use in the very near future. I look forward to seeing what you ladies may come up with next!

Sciroccopteryx March 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Nice FAQ! I am hoping to get chickens when I move out on my own, but living in a dorm isn’t exactly condusive to it at the moment. You do have a typo, however- “It it even legal”. Cheers!

Tomato Lady March 5, 2012 at 7:18 am

Sciroccopteryx–Ooops! Thanks.

Jen October 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

Wow, this is cool and bound to be helpful. Thank you!

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